Lesson 1: A Clear Definition of Classical Education

In this session, Dr. Christopher Perrin gives us a clear definition of classical education, noting how difficult it is to define something with such height, depth, and width, and such a vast history.

Outline of Session

Discussion Questions
  • How would you best define classical education? Share and discuss your definition with others in a small group or on the forum.
  • How does the definition of curriculum as a course change your thinking about curriculum?
  • Classical education can be defined as parts that come together as a whole.  Of the curricular, pedagogical, psychological, communal, and linguistic definitions, which definition are you most familiar with and why?  How do the other parts expand your view of the tradition of classical education?
Lecture 1 Charts and Tables

 

Various (Abbreviated) Definitions of Classical Education

 

 

Introduction to Classical Education (PDF)

What is Classical Christian Education (PDF)

 

Assignments and Action Steps
  1. What are some of the most fundamental elements that constitute Classical Education?

2. How would you best define Classical Education? Share and discuss your definition with others in a small group or on the forum.

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